Summer Fun with Draper James

Memorial Day has come and gone but that only means that summer is just getting started.  For me, that means pool days, lots of beach time and a whole new collection of summer movies and shows to fall in love with for even more summer fun. One of my latest loves for summer fun is with Draper James.  The line created by Reese Witherspoon who can also recommend some serious beach reads as well as fun flicks and shows to soak up this season. Did you know that Draper James is available at Nordstrom now? Yes!!  It might take a bit for it to show up in stores everywhere but you can find it online. My favorite Draper James Picks for Summer Fun But even more important is that we travel often throughout the summer.  For me, that means picking up sweet and thoughtful hostess … [Read more...]

A Straw Bag for Summer

There's no denying that the straw bag is BIG when it comes to summer.  Whether you tote it to the beach or find a cute straw clutch; the straw bag is the bag for when summertime hits.  My latest straw bag has a story and one that makes me cherish it all the more. Not my latest straw bag but a cute one all the same. Last month my Mom visited and as she was getting ready to leave she handed me this butterfly straw bag.  I told her how cute I thought it was and she told me how she wanted me to have it.  It was the last birthday present my grandmother, her mother, had given her.  I knew instantly that I would keep it forever and use it with care. For every day I think the butterfly straw bag looks cute with a simple set of shorts and a tank.  Add a delicate pendant with a set of … [Read more...]

Bondi Lifestyle ‘Circus Circus’ Kaftan

When I first took at look at this Bondi Lifestyle kaftan I immediately thought, "Ah, summer." The sun has a golden quality to it now that makes me think of days gone by and of Jessica Pare' and her character Megan on 'Mad Men'.  The swirls of colors, beading at the scoop neckline and flowing fabric give off a retro vibe that is both glamorous and a touch of the late sixties. A wide-brimmed straw hat paired with dark sunglasses and simple sandals is all you need to hit the beach or lay by the pool and feel like Elizabeth Taylor herself. As the sun dipped lower in the sky I flung this kaftan on for an evening walk on the beach. I found this quote on a tag for the Bondi Lifestyle kaftan and fell in love with the images and style ideas it evoked. Birds of Paradise 'Circus … [Read more...]

Live Unlimited this Summer

It's not new that I haven't been my best this summer. That a break was totally needed for a variety of reasons.  When my friend, Christine from Boston Mamas, asked me if I wanted to participate in the Muscular Dystrophy Live Unlimited campaign this summer, I jumped on it. I needed to do something outside myself.  We all need to step back and find a way to help others and the idea that we should live unlimited appealed to me in a time where I felt very thwarted by own body.  A small inkling that is a drop in the bucket compared to what kids and adults living with MDA deal with daily.  So if wearing a #liveunlimited bracelet raises awareness for this cause and helps motivate me to think beyond my own problems, I will do it! TopShop Double Strap V-Back Camisole/J Crew Factory … [Read more...]

3 End of Summer Must-Haves

Guest post from Gladys at The Mother Overload. End of summer brings warm days and cooler nights which makes putting outfits together tons of fun. It also means that fall is fast approaching and layering will be my new best friend. Who's ready for fall? Skirt: Banana Republic $14.99 | Heels: Steve Madden Nude Pumps $99 | Blouse: Chambray (old) | T-Shirt: TJ Maxx $9 | Sunnies: Forever21 $5.90 Bright Skirts Love wearing bright airy skirts during the end of summer. It's sorta my farewell to summer and hello to fall. I paired this Banana Republic skirt with a long sleeve chambray and heels for a quick dinner date with mi amor. Oh and let me mention that this skirt was on sale a couple weeks ago for only $14.99 (over 80% off). Best find ever! Gingham … [Read more...]

What to Wear: Fourth of July

It's the What to Wear: Fourth of July edition here at TMC.  I have loads of sundresses, denim shorts and off-the-shoulder tops already tucked away for our Fourth of July celebration with family.   Fourth Finds with Shopbop by victoriamason featuring Free People I purchased this white Moon River white lace sundress a month or so ago and I love it.  It reminds me of one my mother wore when I was little.  I can dress it up or down too.  I cannot go anywhere in the summer without denim shorts. Perfect for packing! So get to it! Share your loves for the Fourth and take advantage of Shopbop's 3-DAY SALE! (see details below) JADEtribe Samui Cosmetic Case/ Moon River Lace Dress/Free People Rock Denim Uptown Shorts/Amanda Uprichard Off Shoulder Flare Sleeve Top/Shashi … [Read more...]

Summer Gems with Garnet Hill

*Disclosure: TMC was not compensated for this post.  Products received are for review purposes only. Opinions are 100% my own.   A Rhode Island specialty: the clamcake Growing up in the southern part of Rhode Island meant a lot of things.  Summer was a golden time abundant with summer gems.  Pristine beaches punctuated with salty air that blew warm and damp after long frigid winters.  Everything tastes better in summertime, am I right? One of my favorite parts of summer in Rhode Island was and still is the crunchy on the outside doughy and soft on the inside: clamcake.  Fry up the white cornmeal mixture tossed with quahogs (that's a clam to you non-RI folks) and add a little bit of salt before noshing.  Bliss! To me, it is a bite of summer each and every time I eat one.  Now that I … [Read more...]

Slip into the Athleisure Trend

My birthday this week has prompted those around me to ask me what I want as a gift. One of the top items are the New Balance for J.Crew 620 sneakers in 'Gold Salt'. It's my way of working in the athleisure trend. Sadly, they are backordered until fall but isn't that a great time to slip off the sandals and flops and put on some cute, warmer kicks like these? I think so.  I can wait. My mind started churning on other cute athleisure style shoes and I found some super cute ones that you can wear right now.   Athleisure Shoes Under $50 by victoriamason  1. OFFICE Milan snake-effect flatform sandals/2. SKECHERS 'Retrospect' (Gold) Women's Running Shoes/3. Reef Women's Walled Athletic/4. Women's Clarks 'Cordelia' Alto Ballet Flat in Orange/5. Clarks Glove Glitter … [Read more...]

Strut Into Summer

Are you ready to have fun this Summer? Then, STRUT INTO SUMMER. Take 40% OFF Over US$55 Code:STR40. Take 45% OFF Over US$105 Code:STR45 Nothing could stop our steps of becoming fashionable. So go ahead and get your latest fashion style from SheIn. here: STRUT INTO SUMMER.  Take a look at my picks made just for strutting.  Yes, I have been known to do it too. Blue Boat Neck Ruffle Denim Blouse/Multicolor Chiffon Strap Floral Dress/Burgundy Twist Back Flowy Tank Top/White Boyfriend Ponte Rolled Sleeves Blazer/Grey Short Sleeve Loose Pineapple T-shirt Are you ready to have fun in Summer?   *Post contains affiliate links. Compensation received if purchases are made.   … [Read more...]

One Quick Summer Look

I may not be completely on board with the idea of a capsule wardrobe, I do know that the first thing I would choose to start my capsule would be something with stripes. It's my go-to closet grab all year round. With the kids home for the summer and all the various running around we do each day one of my favorite looks starts with basic black and white and stripes.   Go To Errands Look by victoriamason  Choies White Stripe V-Neck/Maurices Skirt/14th & Union Piper Flat Leather Sandal/Inc Clutch/Justine Brooks Quartz & Chalcedony Pendant Grab one Old Navy pencil skirt. Add an oversized stripe top and throw on some sandals. Optional summer hat and cross-body bag in your favorite pop of color is all that is needed. Layer on accessories and you are good to go! I … [Read more...]